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EXCITING: Ukraine Plans to Open Six More Checkpoints for Freight Railway Transportation on the Border with Europe

EXCITING: Ukraine Plans to Open Six More Checkpoints for Freight Railway Transportation on the Border with Europe
photo: GMK Center/Ukraine Plans to Open Six More Checkpoints for Freight Railway Transportation on the Border with Europe
01 / 12 / 2022

During the conference 'Ukrainian export: How to get access to the sea', Valeriy Tkachev, Deputy Director of the Commercial Work Department of Ukrzaliznytsia, announced Ukraine's plans to open six additional checkpoints for rail freight transportation to Europe within two years.

Currently, there are 13 cargo crossings on the borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova. This number is insufficient, so Ukrzaliznytsia plans to increase it to 19.

In particular, it is reported that Ukrzaliznytsia plans to build three additional points on the border with Poland, including the crossings Rava-Ruska - Hrebenne and Starzhava - Krostsenko. Two more joints are planned on the border with Romania, in particular, on the section Dilove - Valea Viseului and one on the border with Moldova.

"Part of the construction work on crossings has already been completed. Now the stage of coordination of documents at the state level is underway. Three border crossings can be officially opened in 1-3 months. In particular, the junction with Moldova Berezyno - Basarabeasca. We plan to complete the construction and settle the issues with documents for the other three points during 2023-2024," says Valeriy Tkachev, Deputy Director of the Commercial Work Department of Ukrzaliznytsia.

In addition, Ukrzaliznytsia is implementing several measures that will further help increase the delivery of goods to the borders, including

  • repair of tracks;
  • construction of tracks for the creation of terminals;
  • increasing the number of locomotives serving cargoes and bogies for the European gauge (now - 3.8 thousand).

"Now the capacities of 13 operating cargo crossings are used by 50% of the available capacities. Every day UZ handles 1.7 thousand cars, or about 110 thousand tons of cargo, while it could handle up to 3.42 thousand cars. The main reason for the available capacities' underutilization is the unreadiness of the partner countries' infrastructure to handle the entire volume of Ukrainian cargo for many reasons. The main is the shortage of locomotives and limited capabilities in working with rolling stock for wide gauge", Valeriy Tkachev said.

According to the Chairman of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia Alexander Kamyshin, by the end of November 2022, it is planned to open two additional railway crossings with Romania. It will increase the possibility of deliveries to the port of Constanta.

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